(Des Moines) The first week of the legislative session has wrapped up and Republican State Representative Jack Drake, of Griswold, says the top priority is the budget.
"Well of course #1 is always the budget. The demands for money always exceeds the supply. So that's going to be one of the major things."
He says for the most part Governor Branstad's budget looks good
"The one thing I would say on the Governor's budget though is when he was giving his address to the legislature, I think there was something over 20 standing ovations on comments that he made and projects that he wants to do and carry out. And it was bi-partisan, everybody stood up and it was really an interesting session, that part."
In terms of the budget, Drake pays close attention to the agricultural related areas.
"Well, he had a slight increase in there, but there are some other things out there that we are going to have to sit down and talk about and that's on this nutrient reduction that the Federal E-P-A is coming down on the state to drain in the Mississippi River. So we are going to see if we can find some money on that to help do soil conservation and some of those things."
Drake says there was a lot of talk on bi-partisan work which is something they were able to do last year and hope to continue.